Transition & Search
Our search process began after the retirement of The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak who retired from 30 years of ministry, with the last 10 as the Rector of St. John's. The Rt. Rev. John L. Rabb began his service as the Interim Rector of St. John’s effective May 2, 2016. John had been serving as Bishop in Residence at St. John's since January of 2011.
Please see below for a running "blog" with updates about the transition.
3/10/17. We currently have three activities going in parallel - telephone interviews, background checks, and visits to candidates in their home parishes. We are also in the process of planning for candidate visits to St. John's. All in all, a very busy time for us. Please keep our committee in your prayers as we perform this very important work for our parish. An updated schedule is posted to the right, and we are currently ahead of that plan. We are optimistic that the formal call will be able to happen sooner than July, as originally projected.
2/26/17. The committee is continuing to press on with telephone interviews and background reference checks. We have also begun the process of visiting candidates in their home parishes. We had good attendance at the open forum on February 12 during the adult eduation hour, and there were a lot of good questions and dialog. As always, we appreciate your input and feedback. You can always contact us at the email link provided on this page.
1/29/17. The search committee has been active this past month conducting telephone interviews and also contacting references provided by the candidates. While we cannot comment on any specifics regarding the candidates, we can report that we are on track to our plan. Looking ahead, we will be conducting an open forum on the transition during the adult education hour on Sunday, February 12. We hope to see you there.
1/3/17. It's been over a month since our last blog update, but rest assured, the search committee has been very busy! The committee has been meeting regularly, and we've now completed our initial review of the candidates based on their application packages and other source material (such as on-line publications and sermons). We evaluated each candidate using criteria derived from the parish survey and focus groups, indentifying those candidates whose strengths best align with the needs and desires of our congregation. We have now begun the process of reaching out to the candidates for telephone interviews.
11/25/16. The search committee is meeting regularly (both in person and virtually) to review candidate applications. It's an exciting time, as we begin to focus in on candidates who seem to be an especially good fit for St. John's. As always, we appreciate your continued prayers and encouragement.
11/6/16. As of Friday, 11/4, we have formally completed the phase of receiving names. Search committee co-chairs Anna Loomis and Eric Tich met with Canon Wright, our diocesan transition minister, to formally receive the candidates' information, and the search committee is now beginning the process of reviewing the candidates. Over the coming weeks, the committee will be meeting regularly for discussion, and will start the process of conducting interviews. Please understand that for this portion of the process, we must maintain strict confidentiality in accordance with diocesan policy. Committee members will continue to engage and answer your questions regarding the search process, but will not be at liberty to discuss any specifics regarding the candidates. We appreciate your continued prayers and support!
10/15/16. Even though we have completed our parish-wide survey, the search committee is still looking for your input. We have established a new email address, email@example.com, where you can provide your comments and feedback. Search committee members are also available for discussion during the Sunday coffee hour, and after most worship services. Look for parishioners wearing a "Search Committee Member" name tag. We look forward to hearing from you!
10/9/16. The search committee provided a transition update during the adult forum at 10:30 a.m. in ASH. The forum was introduced by Senior Warden, Sandy Hornor, and was hosted by the Search Committee co-chairs, Anna Loomis and Eric Tich. The update included a general overview and status of the search process, and Search Committee member Jack Fyock presented results from the recent community-wide parish survey. The presentation material is available at the link provided to the right.
10/2/16. Next Sunday, Oct 9, please attend a transition update at 10:30 a.m. in ASH. We will discuss results and observations from our recent Parish survey, and will provide an update on current progress and next steps in the search process.
9/22/16. We are now receiving names for the St. John’s rector position! St. John's is being highlighted at the regional Episcopal Transition Ministry Conference currently underway in Richmond, VA. Interested candidates may now submit their applications to the Diocesan Office of Transition Ministry. We will be receiving names through November 4. We have also published our 2016 Parish Profile.
9/12/16. The parish wide survey was closed today. We received approximately 430 individual responses. Thanks to everyone who took time to provide their input.
8/28/16. The number of survey respondents is now well over 300. You still have time to respond! Just click here. It only takes about 10 minutes. Remember, we are looking for every member of the household age 16 and over to take the survey. We have now completed our first round of focus groups, and are starting the process of compiling and analyzing the data.
8/20/16. Over 200 people have responded to the survey as of today. If you have not yet responded, please click here to take the survey. Last Sunday, we conducted two focus groups, and there are three more planned for the 21st. The survey and focus-group data will be instrumental in guiding the committee as we continue through the search process.
8/13/16. The community-wide survey was launched today via email. All parishioners 16 years of age and older are invited to participate. You can respond using either the link in your email invitation, or by clicking here. Those who prefer to fill out a paper survey can obtain one by contacting the church office at 410-461-7793 (M-F, 9 am to 5 pm).
8/6/16. This past week a transition update mailing went to parishioners from Eric Tich and Anna Loomis, co-chairs of the search committee. Highlights included this summer's focus on guiding the parish through a discernment/self-study process. Next steps will include an e-mailed survey and focus group discussions. Click here if you would like to read the letter in full.
7/8/16. The vestry voted on and approved the co-chairs and members of the search committee for St. John's next Rector. The members of this team will work together to guide the parish through a process of discernment (including a parish survey and group discussions), to prepare a parish profile, and to interview and evaluate candidates. An upcoming parish-wide mailing will provide further details and outline next steps.
Please keep St. John’s in your prayers as we progress through this time of transition.